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Scrambling word into least recognizable form

My goal is to present the player with a scrambled word that should be reordered back into the original form: OELHL --> HELLO I want a scrambling algorithm that takes any given word(>3or4 letters, ...
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Correct utilisation of gameloop (Android)

When using a gameloop like (much simplified)............ updateLogic(); render(); How does one perform 'single' operations? I mean, things like triggering sounds (which will only be played once), ...
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Alternative ways to make a battle system in a mobile indie game more fun and engaging

I'm developing an indie game for mobile platforms, and part of the game involves a PvP battle system (where the target player is passive). My vision is simple: the active player can select a ...
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I have an “amoeba” game mechanic. Any idea on how to implement it?

Outside of a tetris clone, a crappy 2D top-down shooter, and some messing around with stuff like Unity and Flixel, I realize that I have yet to complete a single, polished, bells-and-whistles game. I ...
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How do I inform the end user about cheat codes?

I have added an interface to input cheats, and of course the backend of this. Current cheats include: unlimited health unlimited time faster movement no need to use keys (I have a door/key system) ...
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How much is too much?

From a game design perspective, I've got the following idea: Traditional Tower Defense game. - an open, mazeable field as monsters approach the castle. "Towers" consist of ground-pounding units like ...
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My game is dull; how would you make it more exciting? [closed]

The game is Darts for the iPhone. It's OK but it's more like a simulation than anything I'd ever claim to be overtly "fun". I am looking for some ideas to spice up the gameplay. What are your ...
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What does a typical game designer do every day? [duplicate]

I am doing a project in class and i need to know what a person in the game designing career does every day. I have been looking and i can not find anything. If you answer this that would be greatly ...
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How can I use remote playtesters?

I'm working on a website for asynchronous two-player games (mostly board games); as part of the site's development I'm hoping to use it to playtest new games I design. The good news is that this ...
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Does Java support OpenGL by itself?

Note: This is long but I explaining everything that you need to know. Don't read half way through it and say "What's the question?". It's simple but long and I need help as soon as possible. So I ...
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How can I handle a bunch of achievements in a game? [duplicate]

Take for example Team Fortress 2. There are a huge load of achievements, and I'm wondering how the manages all of them. And since there's a lot of achievements, I'd also like to know how it "knows" ...
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Specifying 3D objects in a game [closed]

I have hands on experience in OpenGLES 2.0 , OpenGL and wish to apply the same in a 3D game development in Android. My idea is to develop a Combat game having fighter planes. I am trying to create a ...
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What is realism?

Beyond the obvious something that seams real, realism in games is a hard feature to hit. In some cases, things that are completely impossible in real life are seen as realistic by gamers. For ...
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Real cash gambling app

I am making a cash game like deal or no deal for use as an android app, using adobe software. The idea is player wagers 50 pence through Paypal plays the game wins, say, £10 pounds and then cash out. ...
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Can Achievement systems be implemented later in development?

I'm undecided if I want to implement this feature in my game at the time or not. I don't want the project to get to far out of control so I'm focusing on core mechanics first. Is this a feature that ...
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What beginner level game should I practice developing that has all the basics of game development? [duplicate]

I am a fresh graduate of Computer Science and am very nervoud for my skills test next week. So I have only about 4 days left till the exam and I really want that job which is game development. They ...
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What are some good examples of exuberant in-game instructions for telling the player to repeatedly smash a button?

What are some good examples of exuberant in-game instructions for telling the player to repeatedly and quickly press a button or perform an action? I'm especially interested in examples in retro games ...
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Is it worth having AI opponents step in for disconnected players in an online multiplayer card game

I have an online multiplayer card game resembling spades/bridge and I want to implement a system that autoplays when a client disconnects. Right now, there is a client and server. In the new system, ...
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Sprites: Are there any tools to scale sprites individually without using Photoshop/GIMP? [closed]

I am using TexturePacker as tool to pack my 2D sprites, it is good but it doesn't provide the possibility to scale individual sprites to a specific scale. I am wondering whether there is any good ...
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Generate slot combinations

How do you generate combinations in slots to achieve a wanted probability of the user winning? Say, you decide that he should win $200. How do you generate combinations that'll cause winnings ...
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How to develop multi-player game without involving server side code?

There have been lot of cloud based frameworks released in past few years. They provide real-time communication among users but does not allow developers to write server side code. So, how can we use ...
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Storing data for a pokemon like game

The game I'm developing is close to Pokemon. How should I store the data? I am currently thinking of text files where I save the map and have a corresponding textfile for the trainers and their teams ...
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Simultaneous game states

I think I understand the basic idea behind a Finite State Machine-based game loop. But I'm trying to write a little game in which the same object can simultaneously be in multiple, independent states. ...
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What to do with old data?

I have a game - virtual soccer manager. It is browser based game. It is split into 'seasons' each of them takes around a half of a real year. The central game element is a soccer match, each team ...
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Where can I find the full game list of Game Design Challenge on GDC? [closed]

The GDC Game Design Challenge is very interesting, the event gives designers the opportunity to display their amazing creativity. When I searched for the old events I could only find articles which ...
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What knowledge would I need to make a good simulation game [closed]

I have an idea for a game like theme park but don't know how simulation games are made. I am not on my first game so I would appreciate constructive answers instead of "its hard, don't do it". What ...
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Side scrolling: how to do?

This question is simple, but for me is hard to do! How to implement side (horizontal and vertical) scrolling for (i.e.) a 2d car game ? Both car and background must move. How to ? Thank you!
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How to Fix Some Portion of bound camera?

I want to add Progress bar with my game to display life of player but when i move down through DigitalOnScreen Control the black bar that i want to display is not displayed there. I want to display ...
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How to go about front end UI to main Game Engine and then to Game Over Phase [closed]

I am about to complete my first ever game. I have used Qt for windowing and OpenGL for actual game logic. I am confused about .. things which are related to design so according to FAQ, these kinda ...
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100 points between 0-1000 on an increasing scale

Basically, it's for roleplay, I need to generate 100 points along a scale. Level 1 is the starting amount, and is at point 0 on the scale. Level 100 is the highest amount planned at this point, and it ...
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Rule of thumb for enemy art design in 2D platformer

I'm at the early stages of developing a 2D side scrolling open ended platformer (think Metroidvania) and am having a bit of difficulty at enemy design inspiration for something of a scifi, nature, ...
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How is game development different from other software development? [closed]

For a solid general purpose software developer, what specifically is different about game development, either fundamentally or just differences in degree? I've done toy games like Tic-tac-toe, ...
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Spreadsheets in Game Design?

There have been two instances from the past two weeks that I've heard from well known successful game developers that they use spreadsheets when designing games. The first being David Whatley in ...
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Looking for ios game design management document template [closed]

i am looking for ios game design/development management document template in order to break down my work flow and structure.
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Decision Tree vs Behavior Tree

What are some differences between Decision Trees and Behavior Trees for AI Game Development? When would you use one over the other?
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How do I check for non tilted 2D rectangle collision?

I'm trying to find out how to check collision with different rectangles. Now the cubes I have have a x, y, height, and width to them. So it might look like this on the screen: And not like this: ...
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Move Background in AndEngine for a Racing Game

I am new to game development and AndEngine. I have small query about racing game. I am going to develop a bike racing game. For bike racing game we will move the background or the player. I am tried ...
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Android activities, when to use them?

I'm getting back into programming my game and I can see that I've used activities for so many things. I only have one with a custom-view (my actual game), the others are activities with XML-views, ...
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Should my platformer have collectibles? [closed]

By collectibles, I mean objects that you collect mainly for the sake of collecting them, not to power up. Think coins in Super Mario or bandages in Super Meat Boy. I've seen a few platformers that do ...
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Android Game an [closed]

I want to develop an android game (3D/2D).. and I don't have any knowledge about android app development. So can you suggest some helpful and understandable resources like video tutorials or head ...
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Starting out - should I make complete games or just play around? [closed]

While starting out, I made clones of some arcade games (Tic tac toe, Pong, Snake, Tankwars, Breakout, Tetris, etc). Most of these games had just had the gameplay, I didn't code any of the starting ...
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Regarding physics engines and the GPU

The rigid body physics engines that use a "bounding box" for collision detection, I am aware of how they are created. What I want to know is, is there a physics engine that does not use "bounding ...
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Handling Different Aspect Ratios for a Multiplayer Game

I'm currently designing a competitive 2D, side-scrolling multiplayer game and I want support full screen play at any aspect ratio (e.g., 4:3, 5:4, 16:10, 16:9). Doing that is not so much a problem, my ...
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Game Design Issue: Special items implementation

I have a Match Two game similar to the bejeweled board. I am rewarding the player on speed of score. If he scores X in Y time , he gets a bomb. The time window is not rolling but discreat. I check ...
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How to create a fog effect in XNA with PixelShaderFunction?

I developped a small XNA games in 3D. I would like to add a "fog of war" on my models instantiated with an effect in my (.fx) file. The problem is, I do not know how to change the function ...
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What are the basic game activities? [closed]

So there are genres like FPS, RTS and RPG, but every game is created around some sort of activity, like exploration, resource collection, storytelling or combat. What other basic activities exist?
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Game theory games with very counter-intuitive results? [closed]

I have heard of an interesting game that produces a very counter-intuitive result. It is an auction of a $100 bill, but one in which both the first person in the auction and the second need to pay for ...
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How to approach skinning a snake made of cubes and is it right method for snake 3d game

I'm making a 3d snake game clone for studies and prettly much got everything to work, I have a 3d ground object surrounded by walls, and a snake head piece (cube). when you start the game 2 additional ...
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Art style - setting - gameplay

I'm looking for resources describing art style - setting - gameplay relationship (from game design perspective). For example, Fallout's colour palette most often is the dark one, models - realistic ...
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How to discourage micromanagement in strategy games?

When designing a strategy game (or one in a similar genre), how do you avoid having your players focus almost entirely on micromanagement? What should be done and what avoided in gameplay mechanics?